Vitaly Gurkov wins 8-man kickboxing tourney at Kunlun Fight 66 results
Belarusian Vitaly Gurkov earned three victories during one evening, winning the eight-man 75 kg kickboxing tournament at Kunlun Fight 66. The event was held this past Sunday November 5 in Wuhan, China.
In the opening round Gurkov claimed the decision against the representative of the country-host Nurla Mulali. The bout was their second encounter, following the first clash earlier this year in Bangkok, where Belarusian won the fight also by decision.
In the semi-final Gurkov stopped Thai fighter Arthit Hanchana, advancing to the final where he faced the reserve fighter Hossein Karami of Iran, who scored the decision against Chinese Gao Xiang. Karami replaced another Chinese athelet Xu Yongba who was expected in the finale, after his victories over Marko Milanovic and Mohamed Diaby.
The Gurkov vs Karami championship bout went the distance. The representative of Belarus was proclaimed as the winner by decision.
The tournament was the second eliminator taken by Vitaly Gurkov over the course of his career. Ten years ago, he won the 2007 Brute Force “Judgement Day” 8-man contest in Melbourne, Australia.
His resume also includes the 2014 WBC World super welterweight title, claimed against Kem Sitsongpeenong in Italy, as well as the battle against renowned Buakaw Banchamek in the finale of the 2012 Thai Fight in Bangkok. Gurkov is also a multiple IFMA World Champion as well as the gold-medalist at The World Games 2017. He currently represents Banchamek Gym.